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Former Togo captain and Arsenal star Adebayor watches FKF PL match

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Former Togo captain Emanuel Adebayor with Tusker FC officials
  • Adebayor watched the game between Tusker FC and FC Talanta
  • He was impressed with the quality of play
  • He has been in the country on ambassadorial duties with betting firm 22Bet

Former Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor said he was impressed with the quality of play as he watched the FKF Premier League match between Tusker FC and FC Talanta at the Ruaraka Complex on Wednesday.

The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur forward has been in the country on ambassadorial duties with international betting firm 22Bet. He had travelled as their guest for a two-day workshop bringing together various betting firms from across the continent.

“The quality of play was really good. I have watched so many local matches across Africa but this is the first match that I have watched in East Africa. It was really good and the organization of the league is great. I was pleased to be here,” Adebayor said.

“Kenya is a good country. I love the people they are really warm and I am glad to have come,” added the former hot-shot striker.

He said he was impressed with the quality he saw with some of Tusker FC players including David Majak and skipper Humphrey Mieno.

Good technical ability

Former Togo captain

Former Togo captain Emanuel Adebayor with Ushuru coach Ken Kenyatta and his assistant

“I saw one player just as tall as me; very good player technically. Even with his tall size, it doesn’t reduce anything from his technical ability. I also saw the keeper who was in AFCON 2019. He is still there to assure his team,” said Adebayor.

He added; “The captain of Tusker FC is a very, very good player. He reminds me of my time in Man City of a player like Yaya Toure. He knows when to play one touch, when to dribble, when to dive into the opponent. He is such a great player to watch and I heard he played for the national team and I am not surprised because he has the quality to be in the national team.”

He meanwhile believes that Kenya can be a good football country in Africa, with the right support.

“You see Kenya when it comes to the Olympics and the Marathons, we see how big the country can be in the World. Looking at football, with all the support towards them, hopefully Kenya can be somewhere close to Senegal and Nigeria one day,” stated Togo’s all-time top goal scorer.

Speak to players after the match 

Former Togo captain Emanuel Adebayor with Talanta players

Former Togo captain Emanuel Adebayor with Talanta players

He took time also after the match to talk to players from both teams, passing words of advice and sharing his experiences with them. Coaches from both teams, Robert Matano from Tusker FC and Ken Kenyatta from FC Talanta were delighted to have him around.

“It is such an honour to hear from a legend like you. You have played at the highest level and definitely have immense experience which can help our players. We are delighted that you chose to come watch us play,” Tusker’s Matano said.

His opposite number Kenyatta noted speaking to his players; “As players you have heard the advice from one of the best players in the world during his time. If you want to get to where he was you need to listen to what he tells you.”

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